Beer Bread

Beer Bread

3 cups flour, unsifted
3 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon honey
12 ounces beer

Grease 9″ x5″x3″ loaf pan. Combine flour, beer, and honey in large bowl, stir together until well mixed. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake at 350øF for 45 minutes or until browned and a wooden pick comes out clean. Turn out on rack. Cool before slicing

Basic White Bread

Ingredients:

* 6 cups flour, more or less, divided
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1 envelope active dry yeast
* 2 cups very warm water, about 120°
* 2 tablespoons softened butter

Preparation:
In a large mixing bowl combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Beating at low speed, add the water and butter. Continue beating at high speed for 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup flour and beat 4 minutes longer. Stir in 3 cups flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes,, or until dough is smooth and elastic, adding a little more flour as necessary.

Place dough in a large buttered bowl, turning to butter top. Cover with a clean towel and let rise for about 1 hour in a warm place, free of drafts. Punch dough down; knead until smooth. Cut dough in half, cover with the mixing bowl, and let stand for 15 minutes longer. Roll each half into a 12×9-inch rectangle. Starting with the narrow edge, roll up, turning ends under to make loaves to fit pans. Place rolls seam side down in greased loaf pans, 9x5x3-inches. Cover pans with clean towel and let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes. Bake loaves at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped with fingers. Remove from pans to racks; brush with butter for a soft, more flavorful crust, if desired.
Makes 2 loaves of white bread.